At Easy R Equine Rescue, we get horses for various reasons, but our goal for each one of them is to provide all needed rehabilitation services and rehome into a loving forever home. We would consider ourselves "successful" if we accomplish that with every horse. But what if we don't? Have we failed? What about Gracie?
Gracie was brought to Easy R near the end of the summer in 2014. Her arrival came after numerous attempts by concerned horse people in our community to convince her previous owner to surrender her. She was underweight, had scrapes and wounds inflicted on her by other horses, and had a very deformed hoof which created much pain and lameness. Her name was not Gracie at the time. But, as with other mistreated or neglected horses, we changed her name. And also changed the quality of what was to become the last several months of her life.
We knew from the beginning that her hoof was in such poor condition that she might not have a good prognosis for recovery. But we paid for a farrier to work on her hoof on numerous occasions, provided multiple laser therapy sessions, fed her high quality feed and hay, and watched the life come back into her eyes. Gracie was with a wonderful, loving foster family from day 1. They loved Gracie and groomed her, let her graze the green grass around their house, and provided affection and attention on a daily basis. In January, the staff at Easy R took Gracie to a veterinarian who specializes in equine health and lameness. The x-rays on her hoof revealed our worst fear for Gracie. The coffin bone in her hoof was severely damaged; in fact, much of it had demineralized and was gone. (Two photos are attached to this project report which shows a normal coffin bone and Gracie's coffin bone). After consultation with the vet and knowing in our hearts the right thing to do to prevent the certain, excrutiating pain she would always be in, we made the decision to euthanize Gracie.
Some would consider that failure. And although we couldn't save Gracie from the negative impact as a result of years of neglect at the hands of her previous owner(s), we still consider her case a success. Gracie had more love, affection, attention, and quality food and care in her last 6 months of life than she might have ever had. Certainlyway more than she was getting from her previous owner. Had we never had the chance to add her to the Easy R herd, she would have wasted away and probably become so lame that she couldn't move. And would have died there on the property where we have heard that other horses have died as a result of neglect.
Why am I telling you this? The care Gracie received in those 6 months was costly. The last vet exam, x-rays, and euthanasia was costly. And we consider every penny spent well worth it in order to provide her that care and ultimate relief from pain. But we could not do what we do without donors like you who give through Global Giving. We couldn't save more horses like Gracie, even when it means that we have to make a decision to euthanize. Saving and rehabbing horses is expensive and we cannot say thank you enough to people like you who help make it happen.
On March 18th, Global Giving is offering a 30% match on all donations to our project up to $1000 per donor. There is $60,000 available in matching funds and matching begins at 9:00:01 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT. So March 18th would be a great day to give to help more horses like Gracie. The key is to donate at the beginning of the day so your gift will be matched at 30% before the available funds run out. Thank you so much for your past financial gift to our project and for considering to support us once again on March 18th.
Gracie's foundered hoof
X-ray of Gracie's hoof and coffin bone
A normal hoof and coffin bone x-ray